I recently won an iPod touch in one of the contests I entered.* Unfortunately, it was the exact same size as the one I already have. When it came, though, B thought it was a good prize and even high-fived me. I asked if he wanted it and he replied with a limp "I guess."
Later that week, I brought it up again because I only wanted to give it to him if he was actually going to use it. Otherwise, I could upgrade my Mom's pod or give it to someone else. So, at dinner, I ask him if he would really use the iPod and then it happened. The word "iPod" seemed completely alien and foreign to me.
Me: Isn't iPod a strange little word?
B: I don't know. Sounds about right to me.
Me: I don't know what happened. It just sounds WRONG to me. Before I felt that way about the iPad, but somehow that seems normal to me.
Don't you hate when that happens? A word you have been using for years, decades even, sounds completely alien to your ears in an instance? Please tell me this happens to other people and I am not just slowly going crazy.
In any event, on the way home, before discussing the lyrics of Little Red Corvette, we nearly hit a woman jogging. As B pondered why people jogged in the street, I pondered why people wore iPods while doing so.
Me: Be careful! That lady is going to run right out in front of us.
B: You would totally gasp if we hit her.
Me: Yes, I would. Yes, I would.
Me: Then you know what I would do?
Me: I would say "Why in the hell are you jogging in the STREET?"
Me: and then "Also, why would you wear an IPOD while doing so?"
Me: and "Isn't iPod a funny little word"?
B: I bet she wouldn't find it funny.
Me: No, she wouldn't. But I sure would.
I wonder, had we hit her, would we have made the Crime Watch Chronicles? What would the catchy title have been? "Jogger is Singing a Different Tune after Being Hit by Vehicle She Couldn't Hear?"
Isn't tune a funny little word...